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NOGENT, just another power plant - but so close to Paris

Abstract

54 PWR type production units are today operating in France. Between 1980 and 1981, 11 units were under construction including both Nogent PWR-1300 units. The increasing consumption in the lie de France region in the early eighties affected the choice of the site so close to Paris on the banks of the Seine, not more than 95 km from Notre Dame Cathedral. In February 1975, the Champagne-Ardenne Regional Council gave a favourable opinion to installation of a nuclear power plant in the Marne or Seine valley. The location of the plant thus offered an economic opportunity to a region in which second homes were growing at the expense of primary residences. The Nogent plant is not the only one to be situated close to a city. One of the major concerns was related to the fact that the power plant was located on the banks of the river supplying Paris with drinking water. The plant has a geographical location whose political and media implications are Parisian, and thus national. Therefore, the plant was equipped with a public information centre which opened on 1st January 1988, and which in general receives some 20 000 visitors annually. It is located outside the  More>>
Authors:
Fournel, Brigitte [1] 
  1. Electricite de France (France)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1993
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
INIS-XA-C-010
Resource Relation:
Conference: ENS PIME '93: International workshop on nuclear public information in practice, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 31 Jan - 3 Feb 1993; Other Information: PBD: 1993; Related Information: In: ENS PIME '93: International workshop on nuclear public information in practice. Transactions, 276 pages.
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; ENERGY POLICY; FRANCE; NOGENT SUR SEINE-1 REACTOR; NOGENT SUR SEINE-2 REACTOR; POLITICAL ASPECTS; PUBLIC ANXIETY; PUBLIC INFORMATION; PUBLIC OPINION; SITE APPROVALS; SITE SELECTION; URBAN POPULATIONS; WATER SUPPLY
OSTI ID:
20563913
Research Organizations:
European Nuclear Society, Brussels (Belgium)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA04C0384018051
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 0073-0088
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Fournel, Brigitte. NOGENT, just another power plant - but so close to Paris. IAEA: N. p., 1993. Web.
Fournel, Brigitte. NOGENT, just another power plant - but so close to Paris. IAEA.
Fournel, Brigitte. 1993. "NOGENT, just another power plant - but so close to Paris." IAEA.
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title = {NOGENT, just another power plant - but so close to Paris}
author = {Fournel, Brigitte}
abstractNote = {54 PWR type production units are today operating in France. Between 1980 and 1981, 11 units were under construction including both Nogent PWR-1300 units. The increasing consumption in the lie de France region in the early eighties affected the choice of the site so close to Paris on the banks of the Seine, not more than 95 km from Notre Dame Cathedral. In February 1975, the Champagne-Ardenne Regional Council gave a favourable opinion to installation of a nuclear power plant in the Marne or Seine valley. The location of the plant thus offered an economic opportunity to a region in which second homes were growing at the expense of primary residences. The Nogent plant is not the only one to be situated close to a city. One of the major concerns was related to the fact that the power plant was located on the banks of the river supplying Paris with drinking water. The plant has a geographical location whose political and media implications are Parisian, and thus national. Therefore, the plant was equipped with a public information centre which opened on 1st January 1988, and which in general receives some 20 000 visitors annually. It is located outside the controlled areas of the plant and access is free to all visitors. It gives a permanent exhibition on nuclear power and the Nogent plant in particular. Its auditorium can seat 120 for conferences and films on all subjects concerning nuclear power. The construction of the Information Centre cost 6 million francs. The visitors mainly come from the Paris region : many teachers bring their classes to find out about our installations. The EDF Divisions bring many notable visitors : foreign ministers, captains of industry, and any foreign nuclear company on an information visit to France. The opposition to Nogent comes mainly from Paris, in 1979 of a Committee for nuclear alternatives called Stop-Nogent was established. 1982,1983,1984 and 1985 were marked by strong action and local disputes, reported in the press (sabotage, cancellation of a ministerial decree which had promised preferential rates for the localities in which the plants were situated, etc...). The flames were found by the soil subsidence under the reactor building. Chernobyl in April 1986 aroused the Parisian movements still further. That year, the Parisians fervently supported the controversy reported by the local press and the Reims ecologists. The national press, and even Brigitte Bardot, threw themselves into the fight against 'nuclear madness' : their actions were crowned by the appearance of the book 'Chernobyl-on-Seine'. Relations with the press, both local and national, gradually improved, thanks to the policy of transparency, the communication policy. Regular press meetings and the Local Information Committee played an important role in this change. The excellent environmental results of 1991 even led Stop-Nogent to declare in the middle of a Local Information Meeting: 'It's hard for us to find fault with that'. To summarize, we can see that the abstract moments in the life and startup of the plant suffered from a more Parisien opposition of principle. The concrete moments in its construction and start up raised opposition from those more directly concerned : the local opponents.}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1993}
month = {Jul}
}